Bringing the holiday to you. We may still be waiting for air bridges and the FCO to confirm if we can go away this summer but with fresh basil in the markets there's no excuse not to conjure up a bit of Italy in your own kitchen.
Prep time 15-20 mins
Makes approx. 350ml
100g basil (picked leaves)
100g pine nuts
150g parmesan, grated
4 garlic cloves, peeled
120ml Extra virgin olive oil
You will need a food processor
Combine pine nuts, parmesan & garlic in the food processor & process until it’s a coarse meal. Season with salt & freshly ground pepper.
Add all the basil & pulse for a few seconds, using a spatula push everything back down, then pulse again for a few seconds.
Then with the motor running slowly add all the olive oil.
Check for seasoning.
Place in a jar / jars, pour just enough oil over the top (this will help prolong its shelf life)
Lovely for a simple lunch/dinner on pasta, in a Parma ham & mozzarella panini, grilled salmon, or steak